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Alicia Keys planning a new version of national anthem for Super Bowl


Alicia Keys has confirmed reports she'll be performing at the Super Bowl, and insists her version of the national anthem before the big game will be like no other.

Bing: Keys tapped for Super Bowl anthem

The singer/songwriter will join Beyoncé in New Orleans for the football final next month between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, and she admits she has a lot of work to do when she returns home from President Barack Obama's inauguration celebrations this week.

Speaking at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where she's promoting her new movie, "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," Keys says, "I'm really excited about it, I can't even lie. I have to rehearse it totally, as if it's a brand-new song, because it is actually a brand new song in the style that I'll deliver it. I'm actually rehearsing it like a maniac."

Jan 21, 2013 11:29AM
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Jan 21, 2013 11:29AM
As a singer myselft, I'd love to have the privilege to sing our National Anthem at a football or baseball game and you can believe I'd sing correctly!  I sang it in front of my church with several 100  people present when I was 10 years old! I got a standing ovation! I didn't deserve the ovation, but the song did when sung correctly.  When people get up and "try" to sing our Anthem adding their own rendition, I think it's the height of disrepect! Would they dare make changes to another artist's song in a public appearance - one for which they're being paid? I t hink not! I hope the whole stadium boos her off the field!
Jan 21, 2013 11:28AM
The arrogance. The National Anthem, as written by Francis Scott Key is a symbol of American resolve, strength and principle in the face of insurmountable odds. It was written of course to commemorate the Battle at fort Henry during the war of 1812 against the British. The flag endured a midst a berage of British cannon fire for an entire day. Knowing something about Alicia Keys, I am certain that she will likely rewrite it to fit some hazy, liberal idea about "equality" or maybe she'll just be honest and blunt and make it about Barack Obama. Any rewriting of the National Anthem is disrespectful whatever the intention, good or ill. To allow this presumptuous woman to do so is both disgraceful and yet a sign of the times. It is one step forward of the "fundamental transformation of America" by the left. If not for American resolve and strength at key moments in history such as the events at fort Henry in 1812, there would be no America and no equality for Alicia Keys to complain about. Instead, she'd likely never have existed since America is one of the few countries on the planet where a bi-racial musician can be so presumptuous as to attempt to re-write the National Anthem. It is a mobius strip and yet, it is no less stomach turning.
Jan 21, 2013 11:28AM

Why is it not good enough the way it was originally intended.  Really hate these people that are always screwing it up by putting their own spin on this wonderful song.  If you don't like the words, then don't sing it in front of millions of people that expect the original version to come out of your mouth.

Jan 21, 2013 11:26AM
Stick to the original version, the nfl should not allow her to alter the national anthem. No artist on national TV should be allowed to do this, what is outr country coming to
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